What is GPC?
The Graduate Professional Council (GPC) is the official student government for all graduate, professional, and post-baccalaureate students at the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, Missouri. Since 1982, it has represented all the departments of the Graduate School and the schools of Business, Public Affairs (previously Public Administration), Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. GPC is the voice of graduate and professional students to many of the decision making bodies at MU, including the Board of Curators and numerous faculty committees. Another function is the development of events such as the Research and Creative Activities Forum to showcase the innovations and talents of graduate and professional students. GPC also brings you captivating social events to give you an opportunity to meet fellow graduate and professional students.
There are many organizations at MU that address the needs of each school or department. Examples include the Student Bar Association (SBA) for law students, Medical Student Affairs Council (MSAC) for medical students, Graduate Student Association (GSA) for graduate students and the many departmental organizations. These other councils serve to represent the students of a school or department to the administration of that school or department. They may also organize social events or regulate other organizations of that particular school. The Graduate Professional Council is the representative umbrella organization for all graduate and professional students to the administration of the University and UM Board of Curators. Although the school councils have influence on the decisions of the individual schools, only GPC has influence in general policy decisions by the University or UM System affecting all graduate and professional students (issues such as fees, tuition, and health insurance). GPC has an annual budget to help fund the educational and social endeavors of its constituents. Students and organizations can request GPC funding for events, programs, and equipment.
How can I get involved with GPC?
There are a number of ways to become involved in the GPC General Assembly:
- As a department representative
- As an At-Large representative
- As a GPC representative to a campus committee
- As a Officer on the GPC Executive Board*
- As an Assistant Director to one of the Executive Board Officers*
- As the GPC Data Analyst*
*These are positions which receive financial support. This compensation is treated as income for services rendered and are treated as having work hours. Be advised that by being elected or appointed to one of these positions, this counts toward the hours worked each week. This may be relevant for visa-related work requirements.
- Contact GPC
- Executive Board
- Past Executive Board Members
- Official Documents
- Affiliate Groups
- GPC Annual Budget Breakdown